Roddy Woomble

Roderick "Roddy" Woomble (born 13 August 1976) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and writer. He is the lead vocalist of indie rock band Idlewild, with whom he has recorded seven studio albums. In 2006, Woomble released his debut solo album, My Secret is my Silence, and released three subsequent albums.

Roddy Woomble
Woomble in 2009
Background information
Birth nameRoderick Woomble
Born (1976-08-13) 13 August 1976
OriginIrvine, Scotland
GenresIndie rock, Folk
Occupation(s)Musician, vocalist
Instrumentsvocals, tambourine, guitar
Years active1995–present
LabelsNavigator Records
Pure Records
Associated actsIdlewild, John McCusker, Kris Drever, Kate Rusby, The Reindeer Section, Karine Polwart

In 2007, Woomble curated a collaborative studio album between Scottish writers and musicians, entitled Ballads of the Book,[1] and recorded a collaborative album with folk musicians Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, called Before the Ruin.

Musical career


Idlewild was formed in 1995 by Woomble, Rod Jones, Colin Newton and Phil Scanlon.


In 2006, Woomble worked with several musicians including Kate Rusby, his wife Ailidh Lennon, songwriter Karine Polwart (to whom he presented the Horizon Award at the BBC Folk Awards 2005, and with whom he performed at Celtic Connections) and Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones on his debut solo album My Secret is my Silence, produced by John McCusker. The album was released in July 2006, and Woomble toured the United Kingdom in support of the album's release. My Secret is My Silence reached number one in the UK Folk Charts,[2] and a year later, on 10 July 2007, My Secret is My Silence was released in the US on 7–10 Music.

Woomble's follow-up album, Before the Ruin, written and recorded with Kris Drever and John McCusker, was released on 15 September 2008 through Navigator Records.

In March 2011, Woomble released his second solo album, The Impossible Song & Other Songs.[3]


Woomble wrote a weekly column for The Sunday Herald, and in November 2008, began writing a monthly column 'Woomble's Way' for UK hillwalking magazine, TGO.[4]

Personal life

Living in Edinburgh, he met Colin Newton and Rod Jones, both future members of Idlewild.[5] He moved back to the United States after the success of Idlewild's Top Ten album, The Remote Part, and lived in New York City for some time.[6]



Studio albums

Live albums

Other appearances

See also


  1. Andrew Williams. "60 Seconds: Roddy Woomble". Metro. Associated Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. "Biography". 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. Andrew Lindsay (27 January 2010). "Idlewild frontman begins work on second album". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  4. Archived 11 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Idlewild | alternative". Lollipop. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  6. Archived 10 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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